Widely acclaimed for its clean lines and minimalistic appearance, the KEVI Chair by Engelbrechts is celebrating its 60th anniversary with the launch of two brand new models: the KEVI 2533 and 2060.
Revitalizing an Icon – The KEVI 60th Anniversary Series
Danish manufacturer Engelbrechts is celebrating 60 years of its everlasting classic design the KEVI Chair with the launch of two new unique versions of the classic chair. Engelbrechts states that the KEVI isn’t a chair that calls for too much attention – it’s a simple design without any unnecessary bits and pieces. This apparent simplicity also shows up in the anniversary models with their elegant, shiny surfaces and a polished frame that appears subtle, but without sacrificing the exclusive look.
The new KEVI anniversary models are available for retail from September 2018 and comprise the KEVI 2533, a reinterpretation of the original model from 1958, and the KEVI 2060, a four-legged chair introduced in 2016 with a chrome frame. Both chairs come in a new black high-gloss colour.
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KEVI 2533 & KEVI 2060 – 60 YEARS ANNIVERSARY MODELS
Reinventing the Wheel
Jørgen Rasmussen drew the first KEVI in 1958, and as he continued developing the basis of the chair, he started focusing increasingly on the design of the wheels. This led to the invention of the double-wheel castor. The idea behind this innovation was that it should be possible for the wheel to turn around its own axis; this made the entire chair much more manoeuvrable and less wearing on floors.
It seems like Jørgen Rasmussen cracked the code for office chairs, as he once famously said, “the better you sit, the more work you will get done.” Evidently, the Danish designer was right, as the addition of the double-wheel castor went on to make the KEVI Chair a fast-selling international success with more than 2.6 million copies sold worldwide.
“I highly value a product that can be used for an extensive period of time and be appreciated by its user in both visual and functional ways – that’s why I still really like this chair, and it makes me proud to know that it has now been in production for 60 years and counting. The KEVI chairs also have the capability of being melted into new ones once they’re done – that must be considered very sustainable, and I truly admire chairs that can last this long,” says Rasmussen.
It’s all about functionalism and seeking the elegance in simplicity, when it comes to the Jørgen Rasmussen-designed swivel chair, first introduced to the public in 1958. Since then, there has been a wealth of different takes on the chair made on the basis of the original model. For example, back in 2016, Engelbrechts teamed up with Danish designer Mads Nørgaard to create the striped, Kvadrat-upholstered KEVI 2534, as seen below.